French macarons—those pretty, light, airy, meringue-based, melt-in-your-mouth confection in everyone’s favorite. Of course, I am a big fan, and even my 3-year old picky eater is a big fan. I remember a few months ago, we took him to downtown LA’s famed Bottega Louie and the only thing he wanted was all the colorful French macarons. We bought him half a dozen, which was over $15 and he finished them in less than a few bites. So French macarons have been my secret weapon for my son….whenever he does and accomplishes something amazing, he gets a French macaron as a reward. At over $3 a pop at bakeries or patisserie, it’s quite a hefty price tag, but a macaron is a macaron, and they are that precious!
French macarons can be challenging to make, that’s why I wanted to share with you a basic macaron recipe from Martha Stewart’s Living, March 2014 issue. You only need 4 basic ingredients to make macarons, and the filling can be your favorite ganache, buttercream, jam, chocolate, coconut, or raspberry.
Fill the filling between two macarons and you have the light-as-a-feather classic French treats that give your dessert a dose of sophistication. I will have to try this French macarons recipe soon and start making my son his favorite confection so I can save some money!